Campus

Coming Soon | Hybrid

8 days

  • Career
  • Student
  • Talent
  • University

Connect with your community of fellow aspiring innovators! Develop your skills, network with 1871 member companies, & pitch your business ideas or solutions at this week-long immersive experience with two tracks—founder and leader. 

About the Experience

Campus 1871 is our annual event where students from our university partners come together to innovate, collaborate, & connect with entrepreneurs & tech leaders from our 1871 community.

This event offers plenty of opportunities to learn first-hand how to develop your entrepreneurial skills and tackle real business challenges. The week will culminate in a final pitch competition where students will have the chance to pitch their business ideas or business solutions to a panel of Chicago’s tech leaders.

Students will engage in:

  • Daily tech talks & workshops
  • 1:1 mentorship
  • Networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, business leaders, & fellow peers
  • A final pitch competition with cash prizes awarded!
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Launch Your Entrepreneurial Journey

We can’t wait to welcome top emerging talent & entrepreneurs from our university partners for this immersive experience. In addition to the opportunity to explore, build, & pitch their business ideas & solutions, students can choose between two tracks offering tailored support for their specific career goals. 

Our tracks include:

Founder track

  • designed for students who want to learn how to build & grow their own business

Leader track

  • designed for students across all majors who want to launch their career in the tech industry

Campus 1871 will culminate in a final pitch event where founder track participants will present their business ideas & leader track participants will present their business solutions to a problem statement provided at the start of the week. 

Perfect for students who want to learn how to build & grow their own business.

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Agenda

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Day 1

Opening Ceremony

Day 2

Founder Workshop: Customer Market Fit​
Leader Workshop: Problem Discovery​

Day 3

Collaboration Time​

Day 4

Collaboration Time​

Day 5

Founder Workshop: Building the Product ​
Mentor Office Hours​

Day 6

Founder Workshop: The No BS Guide to Student Entrepreneurs​
Leader Workshop: Tech Careers Lightning Talks​
Mentor Office Hours​

Day 7

Founder & Leader Workshop: Perfecting Your Pitch​ 
Mentor Office Hours​ 

Day 8

Pitch Event and Closing Ceremony 

Participating Schools

Gain the chance to connect and work with other upcoming entrepreneurs from: 

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